This is a local copy of the article that appeared in Central Chronicle on December 22, 2000.

Koel-Karo project

RANCHI, DEC 21: The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) has said under no circumstances would the party allow the implementation of the ambitious Rs 2,300-crore Koel-Karo Hydel Power Project in Torpa and Tamar areas of Jharkhand.

Addressing a public meeting organised by the `Koel-Karo Janasangathan' at Basia near Torpa, JMM chief Sibu Soren charged the Babulal Marandi Government of Jharkhand with ``conspiring to uproot the original inhabitants of the newly created state in the name of implementing the project'' and assured that his party will leave no stone unturned to prevent its implementation.

He said the 710-MW power project which has been awaiting implementation for over three decades was bound to displace at least eight lakh people, mostly tribals, living in the villages adjoining the project area.

``The JMM will never allow this to happen, the party chief said adding that the power projects already existing in Jharkhand generate enough power to meet the requirements of the newly created state.

Pointing out that Jharkhand did not need any such power project, Soren threatened that the Marandi Government will have to face `very unpleasant' consequences if it went ahead with its plans to start work on the project.

Press Trust of India